Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me
by: Ian Morgan Cron
The title of this book is very interesting and caught my attention right away, making me want to pick up this book and read about Mr. Cron.
This book or as he has subtitled “a memoir of sorts” is about Ian’s journey to healing. He grew up in a home where his father’s love of alcohol dominated his home life. Learning to deal with his father’s alcoholism created several cracks in Ian’s life which made him search for acceptance and attention from his father; he tried to be the rebel son as well as the good son. When neither of these tactics worked, Ian found he had lost himself. He was a broken child, teenager, and adult. Coming to terms with his childhood, Ian soon discovered he too had become an alcoholic and that his life needed meaning. Seeking help, he found his place and in this book he shares with the reader that discovery of healing and dealing with life’s traumatic experiences.
I enjoyed reading this book. Ian’s use of imagery when writing about his experiences was creative and made the reader reflect on the imagery presented. The metaphors used helped to enhance the stories and made the events shared more enjoyable.
This book would be a good resource for those who have experienced a similar childhood as Ian; a childhood where there was either substance abuse or the absence of a parent due to an addiction or work. Reading about Ian’s experience will help the reader to evaluate their own upbringing and, hopefully, to begin or assist in the healing process. I am sure many can relate to the episodes that Ian has shared in his book and by relating to them the reader can gain some kind of understanding of how such events do, in fact, affect us in our adult life.
I recommend this book to any adult or even to any teenager who might have lived with or dealt with addiction. Although the book doesn’t use any profane language or go into detail about sexual or abusive situations, I would suggest the reader be mature as the content does talk about Ian’s experiences of being involved in an alcoholic home and the experimentation of drugs and alcohol.
As Fr. Richard Rohr put it, “Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed”.
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